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Rock in Athens > More than 50 reasons to rock this summer! May 25, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Live Gigs.
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You will be surprised! More than 50 live gigs in Athens and counting! Despite the fact that you will require a fortune in case you would be interested in attending all the gigs, take our suggestion > choose the ones tou really do not want to miss. Summer is great and gets greater with rock music! So, here’s a short (?) list of what you may want to see > 

Thin Lizzy at Gagarin, 30 May (tickets at 35 euro), Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – OMD two days later, to sing “Enola Gay… You should have stayed home yesterday” plus more of their classics in a Greatest Hits Show at Lycabettus Theater.  (Tickets presale at 30 euro for a limited number. Tickets at box office will cost 40 euro).

Waterboys, at Vrachon Theater on 9 June, see them singing Whole of the Moon. (tickets 30 to 40 euro). Continue with electronic music, Faithless at the Lycabettus Theater on 12 June, while on same day at Vrachon Theater, Ska Cubano will take you on a Carribean cruise via their music, support is our own local band Locomondo. (tickets at 25 euro presale, 35 euro at box office).

Next day, at the Olympic Fencing Centre, in Ellinikon, for an endless head banging by the legendary Motorhead (40 euro presale, 45 at the box office) and from there then rush straight-forward to the Lycabettus Theater on 14 June, where Placebo will perform all their greatest hits as well as their fantastic Meds. (45 euro for a live performance of Post Blue). It’s in the water, baby…

Keep strong as on 16 June the first summer festival opens, the Ejekt Festival going strong on its third year and celebrates with one of the best line up in history, its own and many others. Madness, Underworld and Beastie Boys. With no other introductions.  At the Olympic Baseball Venue in Hellinikon. (tickets 60 euro presale, 70 at the box office).

OK, one day to rest and let’s continue. The first Scorpions Festival, 18 June, at the Karaiskaki Stadium in Faliron, with the Scorpions of course and line up Juliette and the Licks, actress’ Juliette Lewis group, and Joe Cocker with support a local Greek group. (tickets 40 euro for the arena, 50 euro and 80 euro for VIP).

Change music style! On 19 June let’s go to the ancient Herod of Atticus Theater, at the Acropolis foothill for the concert of one of the greatest American avant garde scene.  Laurie Anderson presents in a multimedia environment, her new work titled “Homeland”, within the frames of the Hellenic Athens Festival.

OK, show just a little patience for one more day and… School’s out for summer. Alice Cooper, will make us remember all the hits of our first music years, on stage on 21 June at the Lycabettus Theater. Bring along your sleeping bags, because on the next day at the same venue, Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson’s magic flute are aiming to rock you! (Tickets for each one of the shows 40 euro presale, 45 at the box office). Too old to rock, too young to die, but I don’t wanna miss them!

Back to the Karaiskaki Stadium on 23 June for a melody yet strong live by Evanescence (tickets from 44 euro) or, as an alternative, stay and sleep at the Lycabettus Theater, to honor the extra-ordinary Dolores O’Riordan, known also as… the voice of Cranberries, who also follows a solo carreer. (30 euro presale, 40 at the box office). 

Talking about two different live shows on the same day, exactly two days later, on 25 June, the Buena Vista Social Club from Cuba, will fill up the air of the Olympic Softball Venue, with their unique music. Their last year’s live was sold out so move fast, while Oscar awarded Ennio Morricone will be performing live at the Panathinaic or “Kallimarmaro” Stadium.

On the next day, unique Ayo will perform “Down on my Knees” and other hits from her album “Joyful” at the Lycabettus Theater (tickets 30 euro), while on 27 June, Spanish tenor Placido Domingo will perform live at the Panathinaic or “Kallimarmaro” Stadium in aid for the children in Darfur, Africa, organized by the Médecins Sans Frontières Greece Association (Doctors With No Borders), see related link. (tickets from 50 euro).

Indian ladies Cocorosie on 29 June, on their second Athens visit, to present their brand new album “The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn” at the Rematias Theater in Chalandri, with support from our own locals Mary and the Boy. (25 and 30 euro presale, 35 euro at the box office).

On same day, the Rockwave Festival 2007, opens with legendary names, most expected appearances and a few more surprises! Just in any case, let us remind you some of them > On the first day, 29 June, Robert Plant, Chris Cornell and Europe, on the second day known also as the heavy duty, 1 July, Kinetic, Anathema, Dream Theater, Iced Earth and Heaven and Hell or Black Sabbath with Dio replacing Ozzy, and on the third day, 3 July, Metallica, Stone Sour, Mastodon and Dirt Spawn Disease. (Ticket prices start from 50 euro for each one of the two first days, from 60 euro for the third day and from 135 euro for the three days). 

On 30 June at the Vrachon Theater, will meet the father of funk George Clinton with the P-Funk All Stars (from 30 euro presale, 40 euro at the box office) while during the short brake in-between the Rockwave Festival, the Groove Armada will perform on 2 July at the Lycabettus Theater. “Μy friend”, “Superstyling”, “I see you babe”, “At the river”, “Madder”, “Purple Haze” and other happy hits to be played in celebrating the group’s 10 years.

One day later, the voice behind the soundtrack of “Freda” film, Mexican Lila Downs begins her European tour from the Garden Theater at Papagou. (tickets 30 euro presale, 35 at the box office). If you are fascinated by her ethnic touch, then continue to the ancient Herod of Atticus Theater, where the “soul of Lebanon” Fairuz, performs on 5 July, within the frames of the Hellenic Athens Festival.

On 5 July, two new festivals open. The first one, Gagarin Open Air Festival, will last six days so that to include 20 (!) concerts by many favorite Greek and foreign artists. Iggy and the Stooges, Kaiser Chiefs, Calexico, Yiannis Aggelakas & the  Visitors, The Last Drive, Diafana Krina, Pavlos Pavlidis & B-Movies, Mudhoney, Paradise Lost, Soulsavers feat. Mark Lanegan, Sophie Solomon, Beirut, Type O Negative, Joe Satriani, Rotting Christ, The Long Blondes, Good Shoes, Dinos Sadikis, Lost Bodies… and still counting. From 5 to 11 July, at the Olympic Baseball Venue in Hellinikon. Ticket prices are variable, depending on the line up of each day, and are about 30 to 50 euro.

The second festival is titled Barcelona in Athens and brings us the Ojos de Brugo, Palyrria and Notios Echos at the Vrachon “Melina Merkouri” Theater. Tickets 25 euro presale, 35 euro at the box office. One day after, the brit pop group Saint Etienne, formed by ex-music journalists, will perform at the Vrachon Theater.

On 8 July, Cesaria Evora will perform at the Petras International Festival, in Petroupolis, (tickets 35 euro presale, 40 euro at the box office) while on 10 July Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint will present the album “The river in reverse”, as the result of their last cooperation, at the Herod of Atticus Theater, within the frames of the Hellenic Athens Festival.

We have about a week’s time to rest, we kindly ask all concert organizers, in case something new comes up as a live gig, to add it in these free days!, on 17 July a brand new festival opens aiming to hit the monopoly of the rock scene and live gigs in Athens. This festival is titled Fly Beeyond. Youthful, fresh, presents quite interesting names at the Olympic OAKA Sports Complex Stadium’s Wall of Nations, the last (?) summer music festival. So, let’s go! First day, 17 July, Avril Lavigne and The Rasmus, second day 18 July, James, Air and Tori Amos, third day 19 July, Pink and Sugababes. Tickets 60 euro for each day, 90 euro for two days and 110 for the three days.

On 25 July with the legendary Blues Brothers, at the Olympic Softball Venue in Hellinikon, Norah Jones at the Herod of Atticus Theater, or Dee dee Bridgewater at the Lycabettus Theater. The choice is yours! Whoever discovers the way to be present simultaneously in three different gigs, is kindly requested to inform us!

And, not to forget, on 26 July, at the Olympic OAKA Stadium, ladies and gentlemen, MR GEORGE MICHAEL! In one and only live in Athens! The Greek-Cypriot singer, at last in Greece! Ticket prices from 50 to 200 euro. And, in between us, I have already booked my tickets! Smart guy, eh? See you there!

And last but not least! We don’t stop here! More names which we hear that will perform live in Athens, but not yet confirmed, include those of Zucchero, Lucio Dalla, Snoop Doggy Dog, Cypress Hill, Patti Smith, Natalie Cole, Lou Reed, and keep your fingers crossed, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also worthy to note is the Synch Festival, on 14 and 15 July, under the umbrella, for this year, of the Hellenic Athens Festival. More information and details… soon to be confirmed!

Related Links >

http://www.i-ticket.gr/main/mainframe.jsp

http://www.ticketnet.gr

http://www.ticketpro.gr

http://www.didimusic.gr

http://www.ejekt.gr

http://www.gagarin205.gr

http://www.rockwavefestival.gr

The Official page of Doctors With No Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres > http://www.msf.gr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1562&Itemid=162

For Placido Domingo’s concert tickets, call 210 7234567, or www.ticketservices.gr.

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